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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Auzzie Gumtree, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    Answered a local advert to take as much wood as you want in the local free ads. When i got there there were 4 trees down and cut into manageable pieces. Not sure what the wood is but its free.

    The first picture is about 1/4 of what is there after I took my first load. Its heavier than pine but not as heavy as gum. i think its some type of soft wood. The second picture is much heavier wood and has a distinctive smell - a bit like coconut. Going back later for some more:p

    I thought I had lost the collecting bug as it took me a few weeks to CSS the last load of free wood i got, but no the fever has struck again and its 102 deg F here tomorrow.

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  2. milleo

    milleo Feeling the Heat

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    free is good....the more the better.
  3. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    Was going to throw out a guess of Basswood, but then I saw you're on the other side of the earth, so I'll change to no frickin' clue. Sorry
  4. Boog

    Boog Minister of Fire

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    That's a nice simple idea to use the old tire around that one you're splitting, love it, never seen that before!
  5. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Keeps the log from falling over:)
  6. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Aussie, grab those noodles too and put em in a sack in the garage, they are great fire starters.
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  7. basod

    basod Minister of Fire

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    check this guy out - obviously not hickory or gum
  8. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    It dont take much time to end up with a bushel or two of those,when I'm roughing out blocks or slabs for woodturning etc.This time of year I keep a couple sacks in the garage/shop,2-3 more in the shed.Rest of the year I scatter them 2-3 inches thick in backyard around processing area & mulch around plants (everything but Black Walnut,that is toxic to most garden vegetables).

    Very comfortable to walk on too,cushions your feet.

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  9. Boog

    Boog Minister of Fire

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    What the heck is that guy splitting with? Never seen one like that before, with the offset head, it twists every time it hits, but I assume thats the design of it.
  10. Boog

    Boog Minister of Fire

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    Well, off to the local junk yard for a wide big tire, cheapest one he has! I learn something new every day on here!
  11. Boog

    Boog Minister of Fire

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    What kind of wood were you noodeling out there Thistle, very pretty knotty grain and color!
  12. basod

    basod Minister of Fire

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    Some type of birch I assume.
    The guy has a website and sells them(~200L), I considered it before getting hydraulics
  13. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    Sorry Gumtree, I have no idea what kind of wood you collected. Austrailia is a whole new world of trees, none of which grow here in the eastern US. I guess it is spring down there, the perfect time to get free firewood. Nobody around here is thinking about firewood in the spring. Well, the guys on this forum are thinking about firewood, but not many others are.
  14. jackofalltrades

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    That and one more will make two of those axes I have ever seen. I understand the principle of it, but I am not sure how it would hold up for our hickory splits around here.
  15. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    Looks like Eastern Red Cedar
  16. onetracker

    onetracker Minister of Fire

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    my exact response
  17. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    You must have missed the part where he said " the fever has struck again and its 102 deg F here tomorrow." !!!
    Not my idea of the perfect time, that's for sure _g:eek:!!! Have c/s/s into the 90's, but I'm quite sure I would pass out seconds after I strapped on the chaps at 102::F.
  18. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    Yup. The last time I fell and blocked a tree when it was above 80 degrees I said I will never cut again in the summer or early fall. No more heat or bugs for me while cutting. It is so nice to cut when all the bugs are gone and especially when the ground is frozen. And now we are not getting anywhere near the snow we use to get. (Knocking on wood right now!)
  19. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    102° f :eek:
    Well into summer temps eh?
    Keep hydrated ;)

    Hot months yet to come, hurry & get the wood split so it'll dry fast. LOL :)

    -8° f here last night. Shortest day only 2 weeks away.
    Thinking I like -8° over 102°. I can throw on another layer. :)
  20. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    That is a great price on the wood though Auzzie! Would you like us to send you some snow when we get it. Better yet, Dave could send it to you now. How much snow you got up there bogy?
  21. Thistle

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    Eastern Red Cedar/Juniper. About 19 months since bringing it home,that was 1 of 3 big rounds left.Not much smell now,its very faint.
  22. Bacffin

    Bacffin Minister of Fire

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    I used bungee cords before I got the log splitter. Helps from chasing splits all the time :)
    Never thought of an ol' tire before though.
    Love it!
  23. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    None here. Just cold. <>

    Forecast some this week end. Maybe?
  24. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    I had never thought of that i will give it a go - I'm sure i will get some strange looks as i get some now when i tell people I'm collecting firewood in summer. I give up telling people it's a year round job. Thats a topic for another thread.

    The tyre works well - my only problem is getting the wood small enough to fit inside the tyre. I used to use the Bungee straps but i kept splitting the strap as well as the wood. I am a little more accurate now so i might give that a go again.

    Some of the wood split like a dream but some of it i had to split against the grain as everytime i tried to split with the grain the Fiskas got stuck. It was a hard work but hopefully it will be worth it.

    Just watched that video - I don't think there are many types of wood that can be split that easy. I would like to see him have a go with some of the stuff I have to split.
  25. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    I made a tire bigger by cutting out one side wall an inch or so in from the tread, cut the bead out of the other side wall & star that side wall
    Then turn it inside out
    Here's the one I use sometimes, made from an ATV tire:

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